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Coach shares dived 7 per cent pre-market New York trading after the preppy retailer posted its third consecutive decline in sales in North America.

Exec banned from Soho House – for wearing a suit

A senior executive at Bell Pottinger, adviser and image-maker to the rich and influential, has been banned from his club for being too well dressed.

Brief encounter: Shorts are not just for holidays

Shorts have come out of the holiday drawer and into the limelight, appearing everywhere from the red carpet to the Glastonbury stage, says Susannah Frankel

Ready To Wear: There's nothing wrong with dressing in a jolly, exciting way

Why is it that most designers live in black, usually polo-neck sweaters, but insist that we must buy, buy, buy lots of jolly, bright and exciting clothes at great expense?" mused a reader of The Independent's online edition and following publication of a portrait of Céline's Phoebe Philo wearing just that garment on the cover of this paper's magazine last Saturday.

Video: Beyonce sleeps with her phone

Beyonce's such a workaholic she sleeps with her Blackberry and dreams of answering emails.

Ready To Wear: I'd like to offer my services to Louis Vuitton

This week I will be mostly channelling...Angelina Jolie.

Supergroup soars after profits jump

Julian Dunkerton, the chief executive of Supergroup, has hit back at its "sniping" critics after the owner of the Superdry brand more than doubled profits and delivered accelerating retail sales in recent weeks.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen create luxury handbag collection

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have created a luxury handbag collection under their fashion label The Row.

Hussein Chalayan: The man of the moment

A major new exhibition explores the extraordinary work of Hussein Chalayan. Susannah Frankel celebrates a bright and unorthodox star

Ready To Wear: The sight of so much scorched flesh put me off my KFC bucket

Last month in New York, an unidentified woman was seen strolling about the Bowery in a black A-line skirt and flip flops, handbag over one shoulder and as topless as the day she was born, as seen in the photograph above, taken by a (possibly astounded) passer-by.

American retailers head for UK, despite downturn

Crate & Barrel, the US homeware chain, is just one of a handful of overseas retailers heading for London to open new stores, despite tough times on the high street.

The Word On... Beyonce, 4

Unisex fashion: Hey boy, hey girl

You don’t have to be right-on to want your children to wear unisex clothes – you just have to like great designs, says Clare Dwyer Hogg

Caught & Social: Stars out in force for Beyoncé

Beyoncé’s concert on Monday night at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire was the hottest ticket in town (literally, there wasn’t much air conditioning).

Beyoncé: a pop phenomenon that all women can be proud of

The beauty of Beyoncé's performance at Glastonbury was matched by the power of her message, says Harriet Walker

Ready To Wear: Perfume – it's liquid rock'n'roll, you know

While most women wear perfume, few are conscious of the work that goes into its creation.

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